In an effort to promote sustainability and better waste management, a Korean vegan meat company is putting unwanted produce to good use.
The Korean vegan meat company Unlimeat––which is a subsidiary company under the South Korean food company Zikooin––recently launched plant-based meat alternatives in the United States. However, instead of following the more traditional path of using ‘perfect’ produce ingredients to make vegan meat, Unlimeat puts imperfect produce––that would have otherwise been discarded––to good use.
The vegan meat company makes a range of plant-based meat alternatives, including vegan ground beef, fillets, and sausage patties, all of which are made using imperfect or blemished (but perfectly edible) produce, such as nuts, grains, oats, and other produce.
To make the vegan meat taste and feel like the real thing, Unlimeat uses its own patented technology, called “protein compression”.
In a recent statement, Min Keum Chae––CEO of parent company Zikooin–– said, “I want Americans to have a new experience with Asian plant-based meat. It’s not just a hamburger patty, it’s a plant diet that you can enjoy with barbecue and Asian cuisine. I want to delight not only vegetarians but also curious gourmets.”
Zikooin has recently introduced the new Unli Meat products to Americans via pop-up events in both New York and San Francisco. The company has been in negotiation with a few American grocers, which include Wooltarie and Super Fresh. Both will begin selling the new Unlimeat Korean vegan meats this year.
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